Hemingway, Love Bombs, and Autodidacts


Here are some things I thought were worth sharing this week.

1) I spent all week making little love bombs to send to the 100 or so Ninjas who’ve signed up so far — a mini-zine, a Ninja Writer membership card. This writing community is something special. It’s been so fun to see everyone posting their cards on Facebook! (If you want a love bomb, become a Patreon supporter even at the $1 level.)

2) Another cool thing: Click here to find out your writing super power!

3) I’m reading The Revenge of Analog by David Sax and Mischling by Affinity Konar. Both are wonderful, in very different ways. Sax’s book has a fantastic section on how indie bookstores are making a comeback and why print books will always be a thing (thank God.) Mischling is a beautifully written heart breaker.

4) Check out what other Ninjas are reading right now.

5) Speaking of analog, I’ve been slightly obsessed with The Cramped (a cool blog about the Unique Joy of Analog Writing.)

6) I got my pen pal match-up from Letter Writer’s Alliance: a lovely lady in Indiana who loves YA books, writing, and anything Whedon. Whoever made ​that​ match-up did a great job.

7) Ruby had a snow day Monday and we binge-watched A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. Best. Monday. Ever. I’m also loving the new season of Nashville (thank you CMT!)

8) We saw Founder this week. After the great movies we saw last week, this one was only okay for me. My husband really liked it, though. We also saw La La Land which I looooved. It’s like a love letter to LA, which is my hometown. I enjoyed this article about a La La Land backlash when the film started to get a lot of buzz interesting. There is ALWAYS criticism, writer. Always.

9) Some thoughts on putting together your own MFA program. This book was written for teenagers, but it’s one of my favorites — seriously inspiring if you’re interested in self-directed learning.

10) Here’s a good article about how Hemingway nearly gave up writing fiction. (He suffered from the 1920s version of forgetting to backup your hard drive.)

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Hemingway: “All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”

Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She lives in Reno with her husband, three superstar kids, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes, is the author of Viral Nation and Rebel Nation, and is the original Ninja Writer.

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